John Dickinson-Lilley

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
B2
Guide
Cameron Skinner

Further personal information

Residence
London, ENG
Occupation
Communications Professional, Consultant, Director
Languages
English
Higher education
Government Relations, Political Science - University of East Anglia: Norwich, ENG

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 2009 in Zermatt, Switzerland.
Why this sport?
A group of friends invited him on a skiing holiday to Zermatt, Switzerland, and convinced him to try the sport. He went on a few more skiing holidays. "I was away in Alpe d'Huez in France when I saw the French adaptive ski team in training. I particularly noticed the visually impaired [VI] skiers who were flying down the piste with their guides. It was an amazing sight with the VI and their guide skiing in synchronicity. I came away from that holiday inspired to ski more and inspired to try and race."
Name of coach
Amanda Pirie, GBR

General interest

Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (johndickinsonlilley.co.uk, Apr 2016)
Impairment
His vision began to deteriorate at age 13 because of a brain condition. In 2011 he was registered as a person with blindness. (johndickinsonlilley.co.uk, Apr 2016; independent.co.uk, 11 Mar 2014)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has served as the interim director of public affairs for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in United Kingdom. (ombudsman.org.uk, 20 Jun 2016)